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How much do you get paid to be in a commercial?

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by thehedonist, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. thehedonist

    thehedonist TRIBE Member

    We're having an argument at home about how much you would get paid to be in a 30 second commercial, something generic, like, "tim hortons".

    My guess is $1000 - $2000 and then afterwards, you get paid each time it's aired.

    Anyone know?
  2. Spinsah

    Spinsah TRIBE Member

    I don't think you get paid each time it airs, but 1000-2000 bones sounds about right for a Timmy Ho's commercial.

    But I heard the good folks at Lockport Gambino Ford do it for the love of the art form.
  3. Chubbs

    Chubbs TRIBE Member

    You will get royalties for everytime the commercial runs again.

    My brother still gets cheques for his role as a skateboarding farmer for the milk advisory board.
  4. litespeed

    litespeed Well-Known TRIBEr

    with commericials you generally get a "one time" fee.

    there is no set amount of money that you would make. I know people that have got well into the thousands for just walking around and looking pretty... and i know people that have made hundreds... some girl i know got $400 to have the back of her head in a rogers commercial a few years back.

    and if you're a celebrity... the amount could be huge.
  5. twist

    twist TRIBE Member

    depends on who you are.
    depends on how much you say.
    depends who's making it.
    depends on the budget.

    you don't get paid each time it airs... if you're smart and lucky you get something in your contract that means you get paid for a 3month run of the commercial... if it's a good one and they choose to run it for another 3 months... you get more money for that broadcast period. (typically 3 months) But I know ppl who make livings off of acting in commercials (radio/tv) You can make a hell of a lot of money. When I was 7 I got paid $1000 bucks to be in 3 scenes of a pharmaceutical company commercial... and i didn't know fuck about shit.
  6. litespeed

    litespeed Well-Known TRIBEr

    I've never heard of continuous royalties for someone being in a commercial? Royalties are money that is paid to the creator/owner of a performance art... normally for the use of something is copyrighted. like If I put out a mix CD that I'm selling.. I will pay for the licensing and in some cases pay royalties (a small percentage) for every unit sold.

    I have a feelign you're thinking about residuals... but i don't think that would apply to a commercial? That's when the producers of a television show sell that show to be broadcast again.. like re runs or in syndication. The actors if it's in their contract, would get a small percentage of each show re broadcast.

    I know a bunch of people that have done commercials.. everything from rogers wireless to national campaigns for major US retailers, and I've never heard of them getting paid everytime the comemrcial is aired.

    If your bro got that, I would think he lucked out!
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  7. Chubbs

    Chubbs TRIBE Member

    Sorry that whole post was worded poorly.

    Basically he gets a new cheque for every "run" which is every couple of months.

    But it adds up pretty quickly.
  8. why not

    why not TRIBE Member

    some deals will give you residuals.
    an acquaintance of mine ended up in a beer commercial years ago, and got cheques for a long time after.
  9. Polymorph

    Polymorph TRIBE Member

    Actually, a couple of my friends did, and do, this...

    Yeah $2G's to 5G's... depending...

    Then they spend their 'downtime' wondering where their next gig will come from...

    (Actors :rolleyes: )
  10. djdeposit

    djdeposit TRIBE Member

    I wonder how much that black wavy haired chick makes?
    you know the one that seems to be in almost every friggen commercial out there?

    she is notorious for the baily's cum shot.
    i could have sworn I met her in Montreal before!
  11. why not

    why not TRIBE Member

    i know who you're talking about (natalie brown) - she used to be half of RNB and threw a lot of great deep house parties.

    anyone remember the heinz commercial from forever ago?
  12. Chubbs

    Chubbs TRIBE Member

    She gets around.

    I've seen her around downtown countless times.
  13. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

    I have a friend who was in a Bauer commercial and got 10 000 off the bat and then cheques for every time it aired. HE made a tidy sum for a days work.
  14. djdeposit

    djdeposit TRIBE Member

    having read that, it seems like commercials are good part time jobs.
  15. littlenutty

    littlenutty TRIBE Member

    well i can give you the low down because this is what i do, this is my life lol...

    yes, it does totally depend on the product and the budget.

    USUALLY the bigger the company- the higher the budget - the more the actors get paid.

    Secondly it depends if the job is a union job, as in its meeting the production agreements set out by ACTRA..... or a non-union job which means they can do whatever the hell they want

    the 'average' commercial is about $1500 flat for one days work. If the commercial goes over and you have to come back the next day they usually tack on another 700-900 per day.

    If it's an ACTRA commerical they have to pay for travel time and over time which can add up nicely, so they could pull in another $300 - $500 or so...

    but then there are exceptions like beer commercials where they usually pay more than the average.

    The only time someone will be paid like HUGE ass cash for a commercial is if they are a celebrity, or if they are the spoksperson, as in they appear in multiple spots, print ads...etc.

    Then there come the 'residuals'. You NEVER get paid per airing ever. Its always done by blocks like 6 month blocks, 3 months, a year whatever.... It's usually about $800-$1000 for a block of airing time. but companys rarely keep using the same commercials for more than a year so getting more than three cheques is rare.

    Also if your commercial is aired in another country you get a buy-out for that.
  16. SneakyPete

    SneakyPete TRIBE Member

    What commercials have you been in?
  17. SneakyPete

    SneakyPete TRIBE Member

    Are you friends with Eric Lindros? :p
  18. littlenutty

    littlenutty TRIBE Member

    PM Sent

    commercials are like bottom of the barrell in the acting world, you never brag about them, because it requires little to no talent to get them.... hahahaha
  19. Polymorph

    Polymorph TRIBE Member

    I wish.

    Damn she's friggin' hot
  20. djdeposit

    djdeposit TRIBE Member



    i really wanna be famous. how would i go about doing that. the whole banking on being dicovered in the right place at the right time isn't working out. damn hollywood movies-filling my head with lies!
  22. Polymorph

    Polymorph TRIBE Member


    you remember that commercial for, oh, I don't know.. It was either for a car, or for designer handbags...I honestly don't remember.... but she was wearing these black leather tight-fitting pants, and that was just...yes dear, please kick me into the trunk of your car too...

    uuugghhhh... so, did she get a real TV gig yet, or what?
  23. djdeposit

    djdeposit TRIBE Member

    i think that was the commercial for the new FF (i dont wana plug their car).
  24. Polymorph

    Polymorph TRIBE Member

    It really should have been for those black leather pants...

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